Teenagers everywhere have experienced an emotional bond with the characters Huckleberry Fin, Henry Fleming, and Holden Caulfield while reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge of Courage, and The Catcher in the Rye. Huck’s adventure down the Mississippi, Henry’s challenging experience in the Civil War, and Holden’s weekend of self examination in New York City present various views of the transition of the adolescent into adulthood. All three characters evolve
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runs into adulthood by escaping from battle, and as Holden stumbles into adult by escaping from the corruptness of growing up, the reader too escapes from his or her own reality and gains a greater sense of realism.
Crane, Stephan. The Red Badge of Courage. 1895. New York: Bantam Books, 1983.
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 1885. New York: Dover Publications, 1994.
Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. 1945. Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1951.